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Accessibility News June 15,2019 Update

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The AODA Clock is Ticking

There are 5 years, 28 weeks, 5 days until a fully Accessible Ontario! Will you be compliant?

In this Issue

‘Super Power’ Artwork On Display at Heathrow Airport

A canopy of brightly coloured umbrellas has appeared at Heathrow as part of an initiative to raise awareness of neuro-developmental disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/super-power-artwork-on-display-at-heathrow-airport/

Change In Ontario Law Creates Uncertainty For Service Dogs In Schools

“Are all these school boards going to start saying that the dogs need to be certified?”

Fifteen-year-old Cameron Cadarette was a C student, struggling to stay in school in Windsor, Ont. until Vincent came along. The specifically trained golden Labrador helps the teen manage his post-traumatic stress disorder, and gain better focus in classes.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/change-in-ontario-law-creates-uncertainty-for-service-dogs-in-schools/

Global Apex Body of Airline Operators Passes Key Resolutions to Make Travel More Accessible

Improving airline infrastructure and facilities for people with disabilities, global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking and facilitating implementation of biometrics based One ID process were some of the key resolutions passed on Sunday at the annual general meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global apex body of airline operators, in Seoul.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/global-apex-body-of-airline-operators-passes-key-resolutions-to-make-travel-more-accessible/

The Ford Government Defeated a Proposed Resolution in the Legislature that Called for a Plan to Implement David Onley’s Report on Strengthening the Implementation of Ontario’s Disabilities Act

The Government Invoked False and Hurtful Stereotypes About the Disabilities Act, Unfairly Disparaging Its Implementation and Enforcement as “Red Tape”

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https://aoda.ca/the-ford-government-defeated-a-proposed-resolution-in-the-legislature-that-called-for-a-plan-to-implement-david-onleys-report-on-strengthening-the-implementation-of-ontarios-disabilities-act/

During National Access Abilities Week, Ontario NDP Accessibility Critic Joel Harden Presented a Proposed Resolution for Debate in the Legislature that Called On the Ford Government to Create a Plan to Implement the Report of David Onley’s Independent Review of the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

There are Many Good Reasons Why the Ford Government Should Support this Proposed Resolution

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https://aoda.ca/during-national-access-abilities-week-ontario-ndp-accessibility-critic-joel-harden-presented-a-proposed-resolution-for-debate-in-the-legislature-that-called-on-the-ford-government-to-create-a-plan-to/

‘It Removes Stigma’: How Tech Breaks Down Barriers for Students With Disabilities

Universities are under growing pressure to improve accessibility for students. But is it working?

Rustling crisp packets, shuffling feet and the general buzz of conversation made lectures a trial for Gemma Long during her first degree. She suffers from sensory overload connected to her autism, which was only diagnosed after she graduated. But when she started a teacher-training course at the University of Huddersfield, she received access to software to help her cope with dyslexia and found it transformative. It allowed her to listen to lectures quietly at home, which dramatically improved her grades.

Read more at
https://aoda.ca/it-removes-stigma-how-tech-breaks-down-barriers-for-students-with-disabilities/

Accessibility News June 8,2019 Update

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AbleDocs Inc. is excited to be joining the Accessibility News team to ensure all documents are made accessible and compliant.

AbleDocs is the only organization to guarantee the compliance of the files we produce and back that up with a $10,000,000 guarantee. As part of AccessAbility week, and in celebration of our new partnership with Accessibility News, we are offering 25% in savings for all new clients that request remediation services
for the next week. We look forward to working with you and Accessibility News for years to come. For more details, please come to https://www.abledocs.com for more information about our revolutionary approach to document accessibility.

The AODA Clock is Ticking

NPQ North: Even with Success, Disability Advocates and Allies Face a Long Hard Road

According to Statistics Canada’s 2017 Survey on Disability, some 22 percent of Canadians over the age of 15 have at least one disability that limits their everyday activities. Canada has various existing frameworks for protecting the rights of citizens with disabilities (including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act), as do the provinces. (Some even have their own accessibility legislation, such as the AODA in Ontario.) But fundamental issues of accessibility and exclusion are, to varying degrees, a daily challenge for more than six million Canadians.

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https://aoda.ca/npq-north-even-with-success-disability-advocates-and-allies-face-a-long-hard-road/

A Toronto Star News Report and New Editorial Together Show Why the Ford Government Must Now Announce a Comprehensive Plan to Substantially Improve the Implementation and Enforcement of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

On May 21, 2019, the Toronto Star published a report, set out below, that accounted a troubling employment barrier that a job-seeker with a disability has recently faced in Ontario. On May 27, 2019, the Toronto Star published a powerful follow-up editorial on this issue, also set out below.

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https://aoda.ca/a-toronto-star-news-report-and-new-editorial-together-show-why-the-ford-government-must-now-announce-a-comprehensive-plan-to-substantially-improve-the-implementation-and-enforcement-of-the-accessibili/